The holidays are a wonderful time for the family, including for our four-legged family members. What could be better for our pets than having all the human family members in one room and in a relaxed state of mind? However, the holidays are also a time when vet hospitals are busiest, as our attention is divided between a hundred different things and it is easy to overlook pet health.
All that delicious food is an essential part of the holidays, but unfortunately, most of it can make our pets sick. High fat and sugary foods, such as pies, sausages and desserts can cause gastroenteritis or worse, pancreatitis in our pets. Certain foods such as onions, chocolate, raisins and many others can actually be toxic to pets. The family should be instructed not to give table scraps to pets. Instead, a pet treat or fresh raw bone can be given so that the pet can enjoy a treat during meal times as well.
Intestinal foreign body obstructions are seen frequently during the holiday season when pets may have access to objects that are left lying around or dropped off the table. Common foreign bodies we find are skewers, fish hooks, wine bottle corks, corn cobs and toys.
It is important to ensure that your pet's vaccination and worming status is up to date prior to the holiday season, as it is easy to overlook such things with all the excitement of the holidays.
By being organised and vigilant, we can ensure that even our pets enjoy this wonderful time of the year. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you and your pets!
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